As your big day fast approaches, you’re probably feeling super excited, and maybe even a little bit stressed. While you’re tackling your to-do list like the dynamic bride-to-be that you are, if losing those last 10 lbs. still remains unchecked, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our tips to lose 10 lbs. before your big day!
If you already work out regularly, kick it up a notch. If you’re more of the sedentary type — get moving! Figure out where you are currently in terms of daily physical activity and pump it up. If this means running five miles instead of a normal three, go for it. If it sounds more like a long walk around the neighborhood at night after dinner versus Netflix-and-chill, that works too. Whatever you are currently doing, amp up the intensity, duration or distance and gradually continue to increase your efforts up until your big day. Your body (and booty!) will thank you.
Do the Math
Calculating how much time you have before your wedding day to lose 10 lbs. will not only tell you how many calories to cut but also if it’s a reasonable and attainable goal. Obviously the earlier you start — the better. Essentially, you’ll want to operate on a calorie deficit, which means that you calculate how many calories your body burns within a normal day (your basal metabolic rate) and how many calories you burn through exercise, then subtracting the amount you then consume. As you add up the negative calories throughout the week, keep in mind that one pound of fat contains approximately 3500 calories. Some simple math (and sticking to it) to make your body literally work in your favor.
Maybe you’ve heard by now, but stress is bad for you and your waistline. It’s been proven that stress can actually increase the stress hormone, cortisol, which can result in increased belly fat. To combat this, combat stress itself. Make extra efforts to relax, get the right amount of sleep you need, stay on top of your responsibilities without overdoing it and get enough exercise so both your body and mind can chill out.
When prepping for such a significant life experience, many people cut back on what they consume. While a calorie deficit is critical to weight loss, eating too little can actually have the reverse effect. Consuming too few calories (and vitamins and nutrients) can actually undo your progress and weight loss goals by depleting energy levels, slowing your metabolism, slowing weight loss and slew of other health risks.
If you think you drink enough water, drink even more. Most nutritionists and trainers can’t stress enough time importance of hydration, and it can ease and accelerate the weight loss process (as well as improve your overall health). While health authorities recommend eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day, it’s even more for those who are active or are dieting. Make a checklist, keep track on a phone or weight loss app — or use this as an excuse to buy a cute travel tumbler. Just make sure you drink up!